New Zealand name team to play South Africa

all blacksProp Owen Franks, centre Ma’a Nonu and flanker Liam Messam are back in the New Zealand line-up to play South Africa this weekend. Charlie Faumuina and Steve Luatua both drop to the bench. The only other change is a big one, with Sam Cane replacing Richie McCaw who suffered an injury in last week’s win over Argentina.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “The Test match is shaping up to be a massive occasion with the two top-ranked sides in the world coming together for what will be a special night for both teams, as well as our fans. Both teams are in good form and will bring their respective strengths to the contest.

“We have a massive amount of respect for South Africa and have prepared accordingly. The physical challenge will be huge – as it always is – and the team that executes their game with the greatest effectiveness, clarity and intensity will be the one that comes out on top. The whole All Blacks group is looking forward to this challenge as it will give us a great indication of what level our game is at.

“In selecting the team, there were some tough decisions to be made, none more so than between Liam and Steven. But in the end we have gone for Liam’s extra experience and physicality and we also know that Steven will enter the contest at some stage.”

All Blacks to face Argentina:
1. Tony Woodcock (101)
2. Dane Coles (8)
3. Owen Franks (49)
4. Brodie Retallick (17)
5. Samuel Whitelock (44)
6. Liam Messam (23)
7. Sam Cane (9)
8. Kieran Read – captain (54)
9. Aaron Smith (18)
10. Daniel Carter (96)
11. Julian Savea (14)
12. Ma’a Nonu (81)
13. Conrad Smith (72)
14. Ben Smith (18)
15. Israel Dagg (31)

16. Keven Mealamu (105)
17. Wyatt Crockett (16)
18. Charlie Faumuina (10)
19. Steven Luatua (4)
20. Matt Todd (1)
21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (7)
22. Beauden Barrett (10)
23. Charles Piutau (3)